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It's been days since we watched Miley Cyrus getting high on salvia with her friends, and we still can't believe that the video made it onto the internet. Where are the grown-ups who are supposed to stop eighteen-year-old Cyrus from getting into this kind of trouble? And more to the point: where are the handlers and publicists who are supposed to do damage control when a teen star inevitably misbehaves?
According to TMZ, Miley's team actually did try to keep the bong-smoking video away from the public eye -- but they didn't get there in time. The website reports that Miley's reps were contacted shortly after Thanksgiving by a California college student who said he had the video, and wanted money in exchange for handing it over. (Is Miley partying with college kids already?) Allegedly, one of Miley's people went to the kid's campus and gave him a brand-new MacBook Pro in exchange for the one containing the video. Then, says TMZ, another student reported having a copy of the video, and Cyrus's damage-control team made a similar swap. By this time, we imagine, it must have been all over the campus network -- and naturally, a rogue copy made its way onto the internet.
If the story is true, and Miley's people did know about the video -- does that mean her parents knew, too? Billy Ray Cyrus claimed over Twitter that he hadn't seen the video until it hit the web. Apologizing to fans, Miley's dad added, "I'm so sad. There is so much beyond my control right now." Mother Tish Cyrus has yet to speak up. Is Miley's drug use a plea for parental attention, or -- as Dr. Drew Pinsky has suggested -- a messed-up way of coping with their divorce?
All we know is that nobody seems to be sending Miley to rehab yet (or grounding her, for that matter). On Monday, Cyrus flew to New Orleans to continue work on her film So Undercover, in which she plays a private investigator spying on a sorority house.
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